Firms honored for workplace safety
MONTPELIER — Six Vermont employers were recognized for their commitment to workplace safety at the annual Vermont Workplace Safety Conference.
The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is the highest honor given by the state to recognize an employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health. Established 10 years ago, the awards are sponsored by Gov. Peter Shumlin, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Safety & Health Council, and the Vermont Small Business Development Center.
Awards were presented to employers of large, medium and small companies.
The recipients were Bio Tek Instruments of Winooski (large business category); Asten Johnson of Williston (medium business category) and Cardno ATC of Williston (small business category).
Awards were also given to Chittenden Solid Waste District of Williston in the municipality category; Nor-Dic Farm of Panton in the agriculture category and Hayward Tyler of Colchester in the most improved category.
“Adopting a workplace safety system can be a key factor to the success of your business,” Shumlin said, “Employers who have strong workplace safety programs reap benefits, including increased employee morale, lower costs in workers’ comp, increased productivity and less days lost to illness and injury, and the ability to attract and retain employees.”
In 1970, approximately 38 workers died on the job each day in the U.S. In 2011, that number has been reduced to about 13 job-related deaths each day. It is estimated that the costs of workplace illness and injury totals $170 billion dollars a year.